The kids are back in school here in Austin & Round Rock, college football has moved from soap opera conference realignment gossip to playing actual games, and life is good.
As we shift into our post summer routines (and look forward to giving our AC units a break as things start to cool down in the coming weeks), now is a great time to go through your routine AC maintenance checklist.
It might not be at the top of your mind, but remember that preventative maintenance is important to keep your HVAC system running on those early morning wake-up times and afternoon homework checks and should extend the life of your HVAC units – something doubly important going forward as we see price increases across the board for replacement units.
Here are a few things that you can do to stay up to date on your AC system.
If you are a homeowner, it is important to be familiar with your AC system so you can catch problems before they happen. You don’t want your AC to fail when it is needed most.
Here are a few things that should be done once a year at minimum.
DIY HCAV Maintenance
Replace Air Filter
Strive to change air filters at least every 2-3 months.
The thermostat should be controlling the AC unit properly. If it’s not, there will be problems.
Maintenance You Should Call a HVAC Expert in to do
Clean out evaporator and condenser coils
Dirty coils can reduce the efficiency of your air conditioner and make it sluggish.
Inspect and clean drain line and pan
A clogged drain line or drain pan can and will cause a huge mess. This can be a tricky job, however, so try to bring in a professional.
Inspect electrical wirings and controls
Loose connections can cause equipment failure or fires.
Inspect and clean air registers and ductwork (if needed)
This can keep air flowing freely and well distributed.
Additional things to consider-
- Dusty air registers reduce airflow. While we are in the process of checking out your AC system, we look out for any loose parts or tiny screws that could be an issue. We check all of the panels and the case of your AC unit for any damage. A loose or damaged panel can cause problems like high humidity or air leaks. Also, we always check that your equipment is mounted on a sturdy, secure surface.
- We make sure that your AC equipment is clear of any restrictions. We remove any plants or grass that gets in the way of your condenser or outdoor unit. The point is to keep your air handler or indoor unit clear of any barriers, such as stored boxes, debris, or random things that might pile up over time in the garage/basement.
Maintaining your home’s AC system is an important task that can keep your home comfortable. Call us to see how we can help you get the most out of your system for years and years to come.